Bridgerton production paused indefinitely after second coronavirus case on set

Bridgerton season two has been filming in the UK. They shut down production for 24 hours last week after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus. Less than a week later, Bridgerton production has shuttered indefinitely, because someone else on set has tested positive. Netflix has not released a name so some are assuming it was a main actor. Below are a few more details from Deadline:

We hear that Netflix has paused production for an indefinite period of time as the streamer and producers at Shondaland establish a timetable for a safe return amid the Delta variant of coronavirus surging across the UK.

Netflix declined to comment on whether it was a cast or crew member who has contracted the virus, though the indefinite length of the hiatus will lead to speculation that it could be an actor. Either way, the individual is now isolating.

Bridgerton was last halted for 24 hours on Thursday after a crew member tested positive. Production got back underway yesterday, but filming has been brought to a sharp halt again today.

Netflix carries out proactive testing on its series and Bridgerton’s brush with Covid is a reminder that TV and film shoots need to remain vigilant, particularly as new variants find faster ways to spread through the population.

[From Deadline]

I hope whoever tested positive is okay and is on the way to a speedy recovery. I now have a sad because that means that Bridgerton season two probably won’t be my New Year’s 2022 binge watch. I know it is selfish. I think Bridgerton won’t be the only production that shuts down indefinitely. Even the Tokyo Olympics is having major outbreaks despite all of their precautions including funny cardboard beds to keep Olympians from having sex. While idiots in the U.S. are running around being anti-vaxxers cases are up nearly 70 percent. The rest of the world is clearly still battling this damn virus too. When will it be over? At this point I am so tired of my life being on hold because of covid and those who refuse to take it seriously. Hopefully over the next few months the entire world will get a handle on the virus and get their populations vaccinated, so that the rest of the world can start traveling again and production teams can film. I doubt at this point there is such a thing as getting back to “life as normal.” Covid is now the new normal. Now I will got cry into my tea about not getting Bridgerton season two at the end of the year. Le sigh.

Here’s a photo of Bridgerton filming on 5-27 in London. Other photos are from production on season one. Credit: Backgrid and Liam Daniel for Netflix
The set of "Bridgerton" filmed at the Rangers House



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  1. Heat says:

    Gaaaah! I was also really looking forward to Anthony’s story.
    My guess is that the second case is someone significant to the production, otherwise I assume they would be able to press on.
    Best wishes and healthy vibes to whoever it is.

  2. Who ARE these people? says:

    For starters, one bewigged actor is seen here rehearsing with his mask under his nose.

    • leslie says:

      Does that really affect anything though? Think about it…on set, everyone is wearing a mask UNTIL the cameras are rolling, then it’s mask off. Do the air droplets suddenly stop circulating? No. At that point, the masks are only there to make people feel better about doing something…even if it’s not helping anything. On most sets, everyone is tested daily and you hope they are vaccinated. Unfortunately you can’t control what each individual does at the end of the day when they are not at work…

      • anon says:

        None of the crew in video village (which is usually) just off set are wearing masks. Crews in the US have to wear masks and sometimes face shields depending how close you are to set.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Yes, yes, of course, but the SARS CoV2 virus has been found in high concentrations in nasal passages. It’s simply important to model wearing one’s mask over both nose and mouth because so many people in other settings – more crowded, indoors, not moving – are seen to be covering their mouths only. And that’s insufficient – insufficient to protect a wearer from inhalation, insufficient to prevent emission from the nasal passages. Can we not quibble about the importance of masks at this vulnerable moment in the pandemic?

      Perhaps it slipped off for the moment. Hope the infected person is fine and that this spreads no further. I understand that film sets are doing their best in a difficult situation. My goodness.

  3. Abby says:

    My first thought is a bit of shock that everyone on set isn’t already vaccinated. Second is sadness – I am really looking forward to season 2! I hope whoever it is has a mild case and that they’ll be able to resume production soon. They filmed the first season before vaccines. I know they can do it!

    • Julia says:

      Unfortunately people who are double jabbed are now also getting Covid – this Delta variant is no joke!

      At this point I just want the narrative of “we’re going back to normal” to stop because I don’t think we are – we need to adapt better (and faster!) to whatever challenges this is creating. I’d very much like to binge watch Bridgerton Season 2 next year as well!

      • SarahCS says:

        Yes, I saw a nurse last week and she said they’re absolutely seeing cases amongst double vaccinated people. I’m reminding my boyfriend about this every time he starts making plans with his friends (mostly outdoors but not always).

        Here in England all the legal restrictions stop today as part of the government’s ‘over to you’ strategy on pandemic management just as we’re back up to 50k new cases a day for the first time since January (and our double-vaccinated health secretary has also tested positive). If anyone want’s me I’ll be at home with the door locked.

      • Darla says:

        Yes but 99% of those dying are unvaccinated. It’s important to remember this because it is important for people to get vaxxed. No one ever promised you won’t get sick, what they told us is you almost definitely won’t die. Of course, there is always that 1%, so…you do have to keep that in mind too.

      • Mel says:

        Vaccinated people are ABSOLUTELY getting infected. The French gov is launching 3rd jabs in September since it’ll be six months for the earlier vaccins.

  4. Annabel says:

    It’s really, really strange that none of the behind-the-scenes people in that interior photo (the camera people etc. in that gilded room) are wearing masks. I have a friend who just finished months of working on a TV show filming in Canada, and everyone wore masks 100% of the time unless they were actually on camera. I thought that was industry standard.

    • Becks1 says:

      That picture is from Season 1 according to the post, so it was probably pre covid.

  5. Becks1 says:

    I hope whoever it is recovers quickly and is okay. I am bummed bc I am really looking forward to the next season, but hopefully they will be able to resume filming soon.

  6. Kelsey says:

    Damn it, Anthony’s book was my favorite of the series so I was really looking forward to it! I hope the next season comes sooner than later. But safety first- I hope whoever contracted COVID has a speedy recovery.

  7. Shawna says:

    “I am so tired of my life being on hold because of covid and those who refuse to take it seriously.” – Bingo! Selfish people stop with just the first part. They think because they’re tired of COVID regulations, they are justified in abandoning precautions. But NO! if you’re really tired of it, that means you should commit to MORE serious behavior.

  8. Fascinating Fascinator says:

    I work in production in Los Angeles and from my experience working throughout the pandemic – people are getting lazy and not following safety protocols anymore. It’s a frightening environment to work in, especially when you have cast members and producers openly flaunting the rules. Not saying that’s what happened here, but without strict adherence to safety rules and/or requiring vaccination, it is unsafe and unwise to continue pushing through to keep production going. It’s just content production for crying out loud – not saving the world – people are acting crazy because so much money has been invested on these shows. Capitalism choosing profit over health is so upsetting…I’m so sick of people refusing to get vaccinated and also the folks who act like this is over. It’s not over.